Restoring Trust: In Markets and Politics

It’s common knowledge that human societies work most effectively and harmoniously where there are high levels of trust – in each other and our institutions.  Markets cannot operate without trust.  Wall Street is learning this as I discussed in Electronic Bulls, Bears & Pigs.  Confidence among retail investors has dropped since …

From Visby to Bisbee

Newsletter – July, 2014 From Visby to Bisbee Website improvements, slide shows, and videos My upcoming events Ecuador leading the way toward a “Commons Economy” Kalikalos Summer School/Vacation. Bitcoin—the currency and the technology J. W. Smith and the Institute for Cooperative Capitalism Worldwide More lessons in global economics, finance, and …

Dubious Positive Biases in Revised U.S. Economic Statistics

Why do most of the methodologically revised U.S. economic statistics tend to create a picture of a more positive looking economy? Do these revised statistics really give a better—or illusory—understanding of economic activity? And is it coincidental that the benefits flowing from these more positive looking statistics largely accrue to powerful elites who also have …

‘Liconomics’: China’s Green Revolution Arrives

Hat tip to Paul H. Ray for this  news . Encouraging , except to see the Chinese still wasting billions on nuclear power , the stupidest , most wasteful, dangerous and expensive way to  boil water !   As we report in our Green Transition scoreboard® Update , coming out  August …

MAPPING THE TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABILITY

MAPPING THE  TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABILITY By Hazel Henderson © 2013  for CSRWire Appeared on CSRWire July 1, 2013 as “Challenging Traditional Finance: Mapping the Transition to Sustainability” http://bit.ly/finsust A whole-system global transition is underway and accelerating as human activities encounter planetary boundaries.  Globalization of our technologies of transportation and communication …

CSRwire: Challenging Traditional Finance: Mapping The Transition To Sustainability

Challenging Traditional Finance: Mapping The Transition To Sustainability A whole-system global transition is underway and accelerating as human activities encounter planetary boundaries. Globalization of our technologies of transportation and communication are unleashing disruptive business models while changing demographics and new political forces are now clashing with incumbent industries and elites. …

Scolding with One Hand and Bribing with the Other

     Scolding with One Hand and Bribing with the Other By Thalif Deen May 8 2013 (IPS) – When a Southeast Asian country was riddled with corruption in a bygone era, there were rumours that government officials routinely offered receipts every time they accepted a bribe. Last week, Hamid Karzai, the …

Forum 2000 Focusing on Social Transformation and Havel’s Global Minimum this 15-17 September 2013

Press release, 19 March 2013, Prague  This year, Forum 2000 is focusing on social transformation and Havel’s global minimum  The 17th annual Forum 2000 conference takes place this year in Prague on 15-17 September. Confirmed guests include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel and notable …